Re-Imagined Jules Verne Book Covers Win Ely Illustration Exhibition Top Prize

Nearly 50 Illustration seniors submitted more than 225 pieces for the competition

April 28, 2010

Re-imagined covers of four Jules Verne classic novels earned University of the Arts Illustration senior Jim Tierney first prize in the 2010 William H. Ely Illustration Exhibition competition. Tierney re-created the covers for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days (above) and From the Earth to the Moon.

Tierney was one of nearly 50 Illustration seniors who submitted more than 225 pieces that ranged from children's books to movie concept art to skateboard decks. This annual competitive exhibition features the work of the entire Illustration senior class and gives them the opportunity to show their work to thousands of people. Endowed by its namesake in 1964, the William H. Ely Award for Excellence in Illustration is a juried exhibition with cash prizes awarded for the top three entries.

Second prize went to Kei Tawara. There was a tie for third prize: Tara Scolley (digital children's posters) and Dillon Shea (digital graphic novel). Honorable mentions included Elizabeth Hallman (color pencil greeting cards), Jet Landis (oil children’'s book), April Read (acrylic opera posters) and Sean Talamini (oil pharmaceutical posters). David Adams won the "Official Work Ethic Award" for his digital Absolut vodka poster and packaging.

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